Book Review — The Offer by Karina Halle

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Book Review — The Offer by Karina Halle Title: The Offer
Author: Karina Halle
Publisher by: Metal Blonde Books
Published on: June 14, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Format: Physical ARC
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Related Books: Dust To Dust, Love, In English, The Pact

THE OFFER is a STANDALONE, CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE NOVEL from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact.

She thinks he's an arrogant playboy.
He thinks she's an uptight prude.
But he's about to make her an offer she can't refuse.

Nicola Price used to have it all – a great career, the perfect boyfriend, an excessive shoe collection and an apartment in one of San Francisco’s best neighborhoods. But when she gets knocked up and her a**hat boyfriend leaves her high and dry, Nicola’s perfectly crafted world comes tumbling down. And stays that way.

Now, Nicola is the proud single mom to a five-year old daughter and living a giant lie. She can barely afford their ghetto apartment and all the men she dates run when they hear she comes with a child. She’s struggling and scared – and nowhere near where she thought she’d be at age thirty-one.

Her saving grace comes in the form of a tall, handsome and wealthy Scotsman Bram McGregor, the older brother of her friend Linden. Bram understands a thing or two about pride, so when tragic circumstances place Nicola at rock bottom, he offers them a place to live in the apartment complex he owns. It’s pretty much the perfect deal, so as long as she doesn’t mind living beside Bram, a man that, despite his generosity, seems to antagonize her at every turn.

But nothing in life is free and as Nicola gets her feet back on the ground, she discovers that the enigmatic playboy may end up costing her more than she thought.

She might just lose her heart.

Those McGregor brothers are nothing but trouble…

Though THE OFFER follows characters that were previously introduced in the novel THE PACT, you do NOT need to read The Pact beforehand as The Offer is its own story and is a fully standalone novel.

This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.

“Once you go Bram, you won’t give a damn.”

The Offer is a sexy, sweet, and fun novel. I was so excited for this book because it reintroduces us to Bram McGregor, Linden’s brother, and Nicola Price, Steph’s friend, from The Pact (which I loved).

“No matter how much you change, some people will always view you as you at a certain time of your life..”

Nicola and Bram have met a few times before but other than sharing a steamy kiss at Steph and Linden’s wedding they don’t really know one another.

Nicola is a single mom to her adorable daughter Ava. After her daughter’s father broke her heart by leaving, she hasn’t had many relationships. She wants and needs stability for her and her daughter. Bram is a womanizer, a complete charmer, and down-right sexy and she thinks he’s exactly the kind of guy Nicola doesn’t need her in her life.

When Nicola loses her job and her daughter falls ill, her life starts to fall apart. Much to her surprise, it’s Bram that offers her a perfect solution to her situation. When he offers her a place to stay the two become neighbors. At first she’s a bit suspicious of his intentions, but Bram truly wanted to help her in her time of need.

“Sometimes bad ideas are good ideas.”

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Bram but I adored him. He really has a thing for Nicola but he knows his past precedes him. He’s grown and learned from many of his mistakes and Bram truly wanted to show her that he’s changed. He had a dirty mouth and he flirted constantly but he was fun and sweet. He really enjoyed spending time with both Nicola and Ava. I love the dynamic between the three of them. Plus the chemistry he and Nicola had was absolutely off the charts.

“I know you’ve been burned. But I’ve been burned too. Maybe our ashes can make something beautiful together.”

Because he was so, so wrong about hearts and buildings being different. They are the same. They are structures that keep us safe, that shield us from the elements. And the minute they start to falter, everything else is at risk. A heart can be condemned, just as a building can be.

“Human beings are complicated. Love is simple.”

The thing I absolutely loved about this book was that I truly enjoyed these characters. I loved seeing them connect and grow with one another. It was so easy to relate to and understand both Nicola and Bram. Nicola’s concerns for her daughter health and her frustrations and doubts, I got her, hell at times I felt like I was her. Bram was an amazing balance of sexy and sweet and he had surprising depth to his character. I also loved the fact that these characters were a bit older. This was a fantastic novel that was both well written and mix emotions, fun, and sexiness.

Have you have met Linden??





On the New York Times Bestsellers List for Four Weeks in a Row!

*The Pact is a FULL-LENGTH
*STANDALONE (not part of a series, no cliffhanger, fully wrapped-up novel)

It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

Beautiful, funny and an ambitious businesswoman (with one hell of an ass), Stephanie Robson is one of Linden McGregor’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as he’s known her.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them were in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounded like fun and games at the time but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.

Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Note: due to the dirty talk and sexy times, The Pact is not meant for anyone under the age of 18. All characters in THE PACT are in their thirties, therefore this is NOT a new adult book…even though love can mess you up at any age.

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.